A young boy in a Native American tribe learns through a shaman that he is not to grow up to be a warrior, like most of the others around him. A Dream-Vision reveals that he is to use a paintbrush and colors as his tools to beautify his People’s world. He dutifully does so, but always feels that the color he creates are darker and duller than the ones he saw in his Dream-Vision. One day, a voice tells him that since he has been obedient and giving, he will be given the ability to paint the beautiful, rich colors he had seen in his Dream-Vision. This legend, retold by Tomie dePaola, is the ancient story of the Indian Paintbrush, now Wyoming’s state flower.

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Retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Published 1988, Sandcastle Books

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